Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio appeared on The Glenn Beck Show last week to talk about DHS’s move to end an agreement that allowed him to enforce federal immigration law. Beck started off the interview with a softball question for Arpaio, but as the interview went on, he appeared to grow skeptical of the sheriff’s claims.
“You know, Joe, I don’t understand how we can live in a country, especially your community, your area, where we have the highest kidnapping in the county, second only to Mexico City, and they don’t seem to have a problem now stopping you from enforcing our federal immigration laws,” Beck asked. Arpaio responded: “It’s all politics…. They can do anything they want. I’m still the elected sheriff…. I’m still going to do the same thing. Nothing changes.” That’s when Beck started to press Arpaio, suggesting that he didn’t have the legal ability to conduct immigration raids. “I’m just trying to understand this,” Beck said, giggling. “They said that you can’t endorse the federal laws, so how are you going to enforce it and still be a man of your word?” Arpaio retorted that he’s “going to enforce the state laws.”
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